The answer to this question can differ depending on a number of factors, but one thing is clear: there are more than 1.5 million residential burglaries in the United States every year, and over half of those burglaries involved forcible entry according to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI.
If you’re relying on lights as part of your home security routine, be sure to put some thought into how you’re using them. Here are a few general recommendations about when to light things up – and some instances where it may be better to be in the dark.
Always contact your local law enforcement via their non-emergency line (do not dial 911) if you’re curious about trends of burglaries specific to your area, and ask for tips on how to better thwart them!
There are plenty of instances where it makes sense to leave your porch light on:
Despite what many people think, having your lights on all the time isn’t helpful. It may actually attract burglars who are casing the area for patterns of how you use your lights!
The goal of lighting, from a security standpoint, is to make thieves believe someone is occupying your home. The most effective way to do that is by lighting, both inside and out. By varying the times these lights turn on and off, you can accomplish the appearance of being home when you’re not!
Automatically adjusting your exterior and interior lights can be as easy as purchasing a lamp with Bluetooth capabilities that you can monitor through your mobile device or come with a timer that you can set before you leave. Another option might be to purchase motion-sensing lights to startle burglars as they approach your home.
However you use your lights, Preferred Mutual encourages you to take other security measures, in addition to lights:
Remember, turning on your lights may only be truly effective if it is part of a larger strategy to keep your home secure. Part of that strategy should involve your insurance company. Call your Preferred Mutual independent agent today to make sure your property and belongings are properly covered under your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance! Being prepared is your best defense, so that you can live assured!